SWAT, Patrol Officers Swarm East Precinct After Shots Fired

Seattle police are are looking for an armed man who fired off several shots outside of his Central District apartment this morning.

Police received a call about a man firing shots from a balcony of an apartment across from Pratt Park on 20th and Yesler at about 8:30am.

Officers have surrounded the building, and are now looking for the man. It’s not yet clear whether the man is still inside the building.

Update: police only have a vague description of the suspect: a black male wearing a black sweatshirt.

Update @ 9:29- Seattle police are working with a crack negotiator—the man’s mother—who is on the phone with the man, trying to coax him out of his apartment.

Update @ 9:35- Police believe there may be 3 or 4 other people inside the apartment with the man.

Update @ 9:36- Police have one person in custody and are trying to get three more people out of the apartment.

Update @ 9:42- Sounds like everyone is safely out of the unit.

Update @ 10:09- 20th back open to pedestrian traffic.

More info as we get it.